Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Marquette is headed to the Elite Eight for
the first time in a decade thanks to a terrific shooting effort and a stifling
defense that held Miami-Florida in check. Jamil Wilson led the way with 16
points, eight rebounds and three blocks as the Golden Eagles rolled through
the Hurricanes, 71-61, in the first East Regional semifinal. Vander Blue and
Davante Gardner each chipped in 14 points for the third-seeded Golden Eagles
(26-8), who were in this round for the third straight year but advanced to the
regional final for the first time since 2003, when Dwyane Wade led them all
the way to the Final Four. Their next hurdle is against either Indiana or
Syracuse on Saturday. Marquette, which earned a share of the Big East regular
season title for the first time, led by as many as 22 on Thursday and proved
its effectiveness at both ends, as it made 54 percent from the field while
holding the ACC regular season and tourney champions to 35 percent shooting.
Miami (29-7) was making just its second Sweet 16 appearance and fell in an
early hole it never climbed out of despite a roster filled with upperclassmen.
Senior Durand Scott, who came in averaging over 13 points per game, shot just
3-of-13 from the floor for 10 points, while Shane Larkin and Kenny Kadji had
14 and 11 points, respectively, for the East's No. 2 seed.
Final Score: Ohio State 73, Arizona 70
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - For the second consecutive game, Ohio State
needed a clutch shot to stay alive in the NCAA Tournament. Now the Buckeyes
are one step away from their second straight trip to the Final Four. LaQuinton
Ross scored 14 of Ohio State's final 17 points, and his 3-pointer with 2.1
seconds remaining boosted the Buckeyes to a 73-70 triumph over Arizona in a
West Regional semifinal. On Sunday it was Aaron Craft playing hero by hitting
the winning 3-pointer in the final second, a 78-75 triumph over Iowa State.
Four days later, it was Ross' turn, as the sophomore came alive in the final
eight minutes. Winners of 11 straight games, the second-seeded Buckeyes (29-7)
will play in the Elite Eight Saturday versus the survivor of the La
Salle/Wichita State matchup. The Buckeyes lost to Kansas in the Final Four
last year. One more victory, and Thad Matta's team will gain a trip to
Atlanta. Deshaun Thomas scored 20, Craft had 13 and Sam Thompson finished with
11 for the Buckeyes, but the big story was Ross, who finished with 17 points.
Mark Lyons scored 23 and Solomon Hill added 16 for the sixth-seeded Wildcats
(27-8), who had blowout wins over Belmont and Harvard in their first two games
of the tourney, but failed to hold an 11-point first-half lead against the
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